Anne W. Kusterbeck

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The large-scale identification and quantitation of proteins via nanoliquid chromatography (LC)-tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) offers a unique opportunity to gain unprecedented insight into the microbial composition and biomolecular activity of true environmental samples. However, in order to realize this potential for marine biofilms, new methods of(More)
Culture-independent techniques such as LC-MS/MS-based metaproteomic analyses are being increasingly utilized for the study of microbial composition and function in complex environmental samples. Although several studies have documented the many challenges and sources of bias that must be considered in these types of analyses, none have systematically(More)
Metagenomic and metaproteomic analyses were utilized to determine the composition and function of complex air-water interface biofilms sampled from the hulls of two US Navy destroyers. Prokaryotic community analyses using PhyloChip-based 16S rDNA profiling revealed two significantly different and taxonomically rich biofilm communities (6,942 taxa) in which(More)
Liposome stability during and after covalent coupling of Fab' antibody fragments was investigated. Large unilamellar vesicles containing entrapped 5(6)-carboxyfluorescein (CF) as a marker for liposomal integrity were prepared by extrusion through polycarbonate membranes. N-[4-(p-Maleimidophenyl)-butyryl]phosphatidylethanolamine (MPB-PE) was employed as a(More)
A highly sensitive, dual-analyte detection system using capillary-based immunosensors has been designed for explosive detection. This model system consists of two capillaries, one coated with antibodies specific for 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) and the other specific for hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) combined into a single device. The fused(More)
The intrinsic binding characteristics of monoclonal antibodies are modified upon immobilization onto a solid-phase matrix. Factors such as the distribution in affinity must therefore be taken into consideration in order to predict the kinetics of antibody binding at solid-liquid interfaces. A mathematical analysis is presented herein that allows the(More)
A method for fabricating capillary-based immunosensors in a coupon milled from an inexpensive, commodity plastic (PMMA, plexiglass) is demonstrated. The key feature of the technique is the use of sol-gel technology to deposit a glass-like (Si [bond] OH) film on surfaces of the plastic capillary channels to facilitate antibody immobilization. The utility of(More)
Timely identification of biothreat organisms from large numbers of clinical or environmental samples in potential outbreak or attack scenario is critical for effective diagnosis and treatment. This study aims to evaluate the potential of resequencing arrays for this purpose. Albeit suboptimal, this report demonstrated that respiratory pathogen microarray(More)
Significant security threats posed by highly energetic nitroaromatic compounds in aquatic environments and the demilitarization and pending cleanup of areas previously used for munitions manufacture and storage represent a challenge for less expensive, faster, and more sensitive systems capable of analyzing groundwater and seawater samples for trace levels(More)
This study investigates the effect of antibody density on the kinetics of a solid-phase displacement immunoassay. Conducted in flow under nonequilibrium conditions, the assay utilizes a monoclonal antibody to the cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, which has been immobilized onto Sepharose beads and saturated with fluorophore labeled antigen. Displacement(More)